I have a saying that, “if what we are stressing or worrying about isn’t something we’ll remember or find significant in 20 years time, then it’s probably not worth stressing over today”.
Most things that consume our thinking and cause us to become stressed or anxious we usually don’t even remember or think of as important once we move forward a little in our journey and gain some perspective. They just don’t matter anymore. The things I stressed about 30 years ago I hardly even think of or remember now. If I do recall these things I can also see that God had everything under control all along. It makes me wish I had relaxed and trusted Him more, for then I would have been happier and far more at peace in the process.
It’s the beauty of hindsight, but if I can learn and share anything from gaining some perspective, it’s that God has our life in His very capable hands and we don’t need to stress and worry. If we listen to Him, follow the directives in His Word and trust He only wants good things for us, we can go and enjoy our life and the journey so much more than we usually do. We can relax knowing that even if it is hard right now God will work all things out for our good, and that most of what we use our emotional and mental energy up on will eventually pass and things will turn out as God planned.
Nothing can separate us from God’s love and if we continue to seek Him first then nothing will be able to permanently separate us from the call and purpose on our lives. We may hit a few bumps on the road, but they are just bumps and not the end of the road.
“Who could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love”. (Roman’s 8:35 TPT)
I encourage you to set your heart and mind on heaven and God’s plan for your life. It’s in seeking after Him that we are able to come up and over life’s issues, which often look a big deal and all consuming when we’re going through them. When we seek God’s perspective we gain insight, wisdom and understanding, and begin to see that what we travel through are but momentary circumstances in comparison to the larger plan of what God has in store for us. Even really tough or drawn out situations that we go through, if we keep our eyes on Jesus will cause us to grow and develop in some way for good…. we’ve just got to keep walking with Him.
Today determine to seek some perspective and keep in mind that if what you’re facing is not going to be significant in your life in 5, 10 or 20 years time, then you definitely don’t need to be stressing over it today. If you are in the midst of a defining decision or moment in your life, then I recommend firstly seeking after and waiting upon God and what He says in His Word. For He promises He will guide and direct our steps and give us all the grace and strength we need to keep running our race well.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps”. (Proverbs 16:9)
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”. (Matthew 6:33)
Prayer: Lord please help me to see my circumstances and the decisions I make through the perspective of heaven and your bigger plan and purpose for my life, rather than allowing momentary struggles to cloud my view. I trust you to lead me today and to direct my steps. In Jesus name Amen